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Update on School Operations

We partner with School and Academy Trust sector bodies: The Confederation of School Trusts (CST)Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and The Trust Network (TTN)They continue to advocate hard on behalf of schools and trusts and are offering guidance and advice on operational issues.

Some key items are highlighted below.

Academy Trust Financial Management Good Practice Guides  

ESFA has updated Academy trust financial management good practice guides to add a good practice guide on academy trust reserves 

Capital Advisers Programme  

The DfE has published Capital advisers programme: pilot revisits and part 1 evaluation. According to their evaluation across 70 trusts four out of five trusts do not have sufficient data on the condition of their buildings. They also found that, where trusts had taken specialist advice on their estates management processes, significant savings were possible. Barker’s blog and webinar summarises the key findings here

DfE: Trust Establishment and Growth Fund 

Applications to the Trust Establishment and Growth Fund are currently open (until Thursday 1 February 2024). This is a fund which is has been created to support the formation of a new multi-academy trust or to expand an existing trust into a new area.  

Grant funding to improve grass pitches

For those looking to improve your grass pitches here is an opportunity to receive grant funding to improve the quality of your grass pitches from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

Through its Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, the Foundation is providing eligible clubs and organisations with tapered six-year grants of up to £12.8k per pitch to help sustain good quality grass pitches or enhance pitches in need of improvement.

To access this support, you need to inspect your grass pitches using the Foundation’s free web app, PitchPower. You’ll then receive a bespoke PitchPower Assessment Report from the Grounds Management Association. Along with tailored pitch maintenance advice and recommendations, this report can help to secure funding to enhance pitches.
PitchPower is available to schools, universities and other educational settings that host community football outside on evenings and weekends. The PitchPower inspection window is open until Sunday 31 March 2024. To find out more about PitchPower and how to get your pitch match fit, visit the website.

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